• 68°

Granite Quarry asks for residents’ help in cutting down park vandalism

GRANITE QUARRY — After weekend vandalism at Civic Park, town officials are asking for residents’ help in keeping a watchful eye on all recreational facilities.

“If somebody sees something, let us know,” Town Manager Phil Conrad said at Monday night’s meeting of the Board of Aldermen.

Maintenance Director Jason Hord told aldermen he went to Civic Park early Saturday morning to make sure it was ready for an Easter egg hunt. He found that vandals had destroyed brick pavers underneath a shelter, upended garbage cans and spread trash everywhere.

“It was decimated when we got there,” Hord said.

It took two and a half hours to clean up.

Hord said police officers and the three-man town maintenance staff cannot watch the parks around the clock.

“We’re looking to also involve the community and ask for citizens’ help to see if we can all band together,” Hord said.

Meanwhile, aldermen said improved lighting and security cameras might help.

“Light is a vandal’s worst enemy,” Alderman Kim Cress said. “Your community watch is a good route to go, but light is your best friend.”

Several other items were on aldermen’s radar Monday, including the long pending cleanup of the town-owned lot at South Main and Rowan streets. Aldermen gave Ken Miller, who they had an agreement with to clear the property, two weeks to get the job done.

A 1905 depot is on the property. Miller acknowledged he started work on the site “November a year ago.”

“We need you out as soon as possible,” Cress told Miller.

Miller said health problems have plagued him for months and that he had spent time in both the hospital and a nursing center. Until Monday, he hadn’t been back to the site since Jan. 15, but Miller said he’s feeling better and ready to get the job done.

“I want you all to be happy,” he said.

Miller said the forest pine lumber from the building to be torn down will be going to a man in Virginia.

“It needs to be done and finished, and we have to move on with the property,” Mayor Bill Feather said.

Contact Mark Wineka at 704-797-4263.

Comments

Crime

Blotter: Two charged after call about package

Crime

Salisbury Police investigating two shootings

Crime

Chase involving Kernersville man ends in woods behind Carson High School

News Main

North Rowan girls end season with playoff loss to Murphy

Education

Rowan-Salisbury EC department plunges in place after raising $1,300 for Special Olympics

Nation/World

Tiger Woods injured in car crash, has surgery on legs

Local

Local stakeholders set goals, direction to tackle city’s housing issues

Education

RSS board talks future of Henderson Independent School

Coronavirus

One new COVID-19 death, 23 new positives reported Tuesday

Local

Concord to create fallen officer memorial featuring Rowan native Shuping

Crime

20-year-old man faces rape charges

Crime

Blotter: Man charged after shooting gun during argument

Local

UPDATE: Missing Salisbury man found

Education

RSS board votes to use upset bid process on Faith property

Local

Committee to soon accept artist applications for ‘Paint the Pavement’ project

BREAKING NEWS

RSS board votes to send elementary students to in-person classes four days per week

Coronavirus

County to administer nearly 1,700 vaccines this week

News

Political Notebook: Rep. Howard named ‘hospitality champion’ by North Carolina Restaurant and Lodging Association

Crime

Blotter: Gunshot fired into home on North Oakhurst Drive

Local

Teenager reported missing in Salisbury

Local

‘Everybody needs an Aunt Libby:’ Family celebrates 100th birthday of Rockwell doctor Elizabeth Lombard

Ask Us

Ask Us: Why is Rowan EMS no longer transporting some patients outside of county?

Crime

Blotter: Feb. 21

Nation/World

FAA orders United to inspect Boeing 777s after emergency